The NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) is the Alliance’s major educational outreach to Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) countries and partners from the broader region of the Middle East. This 10-week strategic level course is offered twice each year, once in spring and again in the fall, and has been developed in direct response to the decision by Alliance Heads of State and Government at the Riga Summit in November 2006 to promote a closer dialogue and intensified cooperation in the field of education.